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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 9, 2005 / 8 Kislev, 5766

Apple's desktop marvel

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Like its predecessors in the past 18 months, the new $1,699, 20-inch G5 iMac is a single piece computer with the processor, combo DVD/CD drive and ports placed behind the display. Unlike the earlier units, this one builds in a Webcam, which can also take still pictures, and comes with a tiny remote control that'll handle your multimedia playbacks such as photo slideshows, DVDs, iTunes music, movie trailers and video Podcasts.


In short, it's all business and yet it's also primed for a fair amount of fun. But perhaps the greatest thing about the iMac is that it works, it works without failing, and it keeps working.


My test unit, the $1699 model with the 20-inch display, contained a 2.1GHz PowerPC G5 processor; 512Mbytes of RAM, a 250GB hard drive; the aforementioned DVD/CD playing/writing "SuperDrive" and the ATI Radeon X600 XT graphics card, with its own 128Mbytes of video RAM. Plus speakers, a keyboard and the "Mighty Mouse," reviewed here earlier this year, and the "Front Row" remote control for all that multimedia stuff.


Setup and use was characteristically simple: just plug it in and play. Sound from the built-in speakers was excellent: if not the exact equal of a separate audio system, certainly good enough for most situations and applications. The basic Mac applications were found: Mail.app, the Safari Web browser, Address Book, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and so on.


Also present is "Photo Booth," which plays on the built-in iSight Web camera to take still pictures in a variety of styles, including a Warhol-style "pop-art" representation that'll certainly impress your friends. This strikes me as more of a "living room" application for the family than something I'd use in an office setting, but who knows? It is a creative little twist, for sure.


Its presence also highlights the utility, and scariness, of having the iSight video camera built-in. We're one step closer, perhaps, to the Jeston-style videophones familiar to cartoon viewers a generation ago, but with many homes having a broadband connection, along with not a few offices, the notion of Web-based video chats isn't a bad one. And, for my money, Apple's iChat AV videoconferencing software is among the best around. I could imagine both home and office users making much of the built-in camera (and microphone).


What's not in this iMac - for the first time, I believe - is a dial-up modem. Apple says this machine is designed for broadband users, primarily, and that an external modem is available if needed. But are we a tiny step closer to the end of modems as we know them? Perhaps, just as we have largely moved from floppy discs to CD- and DVD-ROMs and USB flash drives.


Despite my personal enthusiasm for this system, there are a couple of flaws.


I'm glad Apple put the ports - USB, Ethernet, FireWire and the like - towards the bottom right rear of the computer, since it's easier to hook up items that way. I wish the power button were on the front of the system as opposed to the rear. And the supplied keyboard would benefit, greatly, from a longer cord. Ditto the power cord, which is good but could also use a tad more length.


Overall, however, this is an impressive system worth investigation and ownership. If the 20-inch unit's price is a hassle, try the $1299 price for a 17-inch model that has just a hair less CPU power, a 160 GB hard disc, and a slightly less-powerful video card - you'll still be very happy, I believe.


The computers are in Apple's company stores and other retailers around the country; details are at http://www.apple.com. Or, just look for a smiling computer user.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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